I’ve been expecting news of an M205 Aquamarine fountain pen to officially break for a few weeks now. It was mid-June of last year when we learned of the M205 Amethyst and I expected Pelikan to keep a similar timeframe for this year’s product announcement and release. The M205 Aquamarine marks the second special edition model designed to mirror the color of the limited edition Edelstein Ink of the Year. Pelikan Taiwan announced via their Facebook page the debut of this new Classic Series demonstrator. Mum is still the word from Pelikan International but I expect a global announcement with more details soon. It shouldn’t take long for this pen to show up for pre-order via the usual retail channels. Aside from the photos shown here, translation of the sparse accompanying text indicates that release is intended for sometime in August.
While official details are still lacking, the pen itself is no longer a mystery. This will be an aquamarine colored demonstrator corresponding to this year’s Edelstein Aquamarine ink. The M205 line has seen a re-invigoration over the last year, first with the Amethyst (2015) followed by the Blue Demonstrator (2016) reissue a few months ago. This will be the second special edition model that takes its style queues from its corresponding ink color. I would expect similarly styled special editions to follow for the foreseeable future give the reception from the community to date. The M205 is part of Pelikan’s Classic Series, an upscale, entry-level line of pens. This model will have the characteristic silver-colored, chromium coated furniture characteristic of all of the M205s. This is in contrast with the gold furniture of the M2oo series. The cap top will depict a printed one chick logo with chromium trim on the crown of the cap. Other trim features includes a single cap band, trim ring at the piston knob, and the traditional pelican’s beak clip. The pen is equipped with a polished stainless steel nib. You will be able to visualize the pen’s mechanics as well as the ink reservoir by virtue of the pen body being transparent.
This will be a special edition release which means quantities will be limited to the initial run. The offered nib sizes will likely be limited to just EF, F, M, and B. While available as a stand alone pen, it will also come as a set that includes the fountain pen along with a bottle of Edelstein Aquamarine ink. This makes for a nice gift package if there is a fan of fine writing instruments on your gift giving list. It appears that a ballpoint pen will also be available in this finish as was the case for the Amethyst. Pelikan Taiwan indicates that we will see this release sometime around August of this year.
No word yet on retail pricing but I expect it to be similar to last year’s model. That would put the Aquamarine somewhere around $140 for the pen alone and $163 for the gift set.
I like the look of this pen very much and will be adding it to my collection. The M2xx family of pens remain some of my favorites amongst all of Pelikan’s offerings. Of course, it’s always better to see real world pictures than these promotional mock ups so I have to withhold final judgement until the pen is in the wild. What are your thoughts? Will you be picking one of these up?
UPDATE 7/5/16: Post updated to include pictures of the matching ballpoint pen. Also, vendors are starting to list the pens for pre-sale. By way of example, one well known vendor out of Italy, Novelli, is advertising the M205 for $102, the K205 for $105, and the M205 & Ink gift set for $119. Prices are subject to fluctuation and variability but this is a very good price for this model. Prices will be higher than quoted for those in Europe due to regional taxes.